Mickael Pichon managed to delay the seemingly inevitable eighth World Championship of Stefan Everts with an overall victory at Gaildorf in the Grand Prix of Europe.
Frenchman Pichon took the overall win with a second and first in the two motos, at the track where he snapped two knee ligaments in warm-up in 2003. The 28-year-old led the first race until a mistake on lap four ont he rough and slippery track let Everts into the lead. In the second race, Pichon grabbed the holeshot and won by over 28 seconds in a largely uneventful race.
CAS Honda rider and new British Champion Josh Coppins took two third places to claim the same overall position.
Everts now leads the championship by 93 points from pichon with two rounds and 100 points left to win.
And the MX2 championship also saw the title leader postponing his celebrations, as KTM's Ben Townley suffered two falls in the first moto, but recovering for a win in the second race. Kawasaki's Mickael Maschio took the overall win
Townley now leads the championship by 96 points from closest rival Tyla Rattray.
The penultimate round of the series takes place at Ballykelly in Northern Ireland in two weeks.
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